School Age Gymnastics
Gymnastics can give children great benefits. From muscle strength and balance to healthy bones and flexibility, gymnastics provides an exciting option for parents who know the value of a full body workout. Every part of the body is used when doing gymnastics! Sonshine Academy’s School Age Gymnastics program is a progressive, non-competitive program for boys and girls Kindergarten age and older. Students receive instruction on all of the Olympic Events (Girls events are Vault, Uneven Bars, Beam, and Floor; Boys events are Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, and High Bar) as well as trampoline, and flexibility and strength training. Personal accomplishment is of prime importance in our classes. These classes act as a springboard to higher levels of gymnastics or as a training aid for other sports.
What class should my child be in?
Our school age gymnastics program follows a specific class hierarchy. Placement in a class is dependent upon the skill level and physical ability of the gymnast. Our classes are “progressive”, which means that they work like building blocks. Gymnasts must have fundamental skills and physical abilities to build on, and each level of class works on skills that build off of previously developed physical abilities and skills. Beginner girls start in Sunrays and beginner boys start in Flippers. Each level of class is also subdivided by age group. The progression of classes is:
· Sunrays : Age groups are Kindergarten, 1st-2nd grade, 3rd grade +.
· Sunrays Plus: Students usually have at least 4 month’s experience in Sunrays and are ready to progress beyond Sunrays but not yet ready for Flares. Age groups are 1st-2nd grade, 3rd grade and older.
· Flares: Age groups are Kindergarten (by invitation), 1st-2nd grade, 3rd grade +.
· Hot Shots: Age groups are 2nd-3rd grade, 3rd grade +.
· Flippers: Age groups are Kindergarten, K-1st, 1st-2nd, & 3rd grade +.
· Twisters: Age groups are 1st-2nd, 3rd grade +.
· Dynamos: Age groups 1st grade +.
This is another great class for students to develop their team sports skills. Not only does this class use the gymnastics equipment, but also includes skills for specific team sports (football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, etc.) Click here to learn more.
Top Ten Reasons to do Gymnastics:
1. Gymnastics Is Fun!
2. Develop self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image
3. Develop strength, coordination, and balance
4. Develop speed, power, and flexibility
5. Learn discipline and listening skills through the use of a structured
environment, with instruction from a qualified gymnastics coach.
6. Socialization with peers
7. Develop healthy bones and good posture
8. Learn to set goals
9. Develop physical ability and skills that can enhance participation in other sports
10. Learn respect for yourself, coaches, and other gymnasts
“Shooting Stars” Award System
In the Gymnastics Classes at Sonshine Academy the program/curriculum we use to motivate and monitor a student’s progress is called “Shooting Stars.” This curriculum is specially written and developed for our students and we use it for two reasons.
1. To give our students an organized systematic progression of goals to work toward.
2. To recognize our students as they achieve these goals.
So…if you notice your child bringing home a ribbon from gymnastics class -- these are not just things the teacher hands out to each student. The students earn their ribbons.
How does it work? The instructor keeps a skill sheet on each student to record the student’s progress. On the sheet are listed 6 levels of skills for each “event” (these are color-coded to the ribbons). The seven events for girls are Flexibility, Strength, Trampoline, Vault, Bars, Balance Beam, and Floor Exercise. The nine events for boys are Flexibility, Strength, Trampoline, Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, and High Bar. When a student can perform a skill correctly (with only minor errors) three times in the same class period, the date of the accomplishment is recorded. At the end of the month, the student is rewarded with a ribbon that corresponds with the level of that particular skill.